High Desert Museum

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59800 US-97, Bend, OR 97702
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There’s a reason the High Desert Museum is consistently voted the #1 thing to do in Bend! Just minutes south of town, you’ll step into a different time and place. The Museum is set on 135 wooded acres, with indoor and outdoor experiences to delight the whole family.

Experience wonder, safely! We’re open daily and there’s plenty of room to roam. We are continuously working to ensure an environment that’s safe, supportive and thoughtful. Face coverings are required and timed entry tickets are available for purchase online, as well as walk-in tickets at Admissions. For more information, go to highdesertmuseum.org/reopening.

See raptors, otters, porcupines and reptiles up close. During the summer months, experience birds of prey swooping just overhead on the Museum’s grounds during our Raptors of the Desert Sky daily flight program. Stop at the Miller Family Ranch and Sawmill and engage in a lively conversation with living history characters who believe it’s still 1904! Explore ever-changing exhibits throughout the year. Discover the spirit of the West as you journey through the history of the Plateau Indians and see how the West was settled. The Museum weaves together history, culture, art and natural history to provide visitors with a deeper understanding of the High Desert region they’re visiting.

Enjoy lunch or a snack in the Museum café, which serves homemade soups, salads, sandwiches and snacks featuring many locally sourced ingredients. And be sure to stop in the Museum’s beautiful store, stocked with books, educational toys, jewelry, art and more!

Visit www.highdesertmuseum.org for hours, rates, current exhibits, events and the daily schedule of programs.

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Family Spring Break in Bend

Spring is one of the best times to visit Bend, with skiing or snow tubing in the morning and hiking, shopping, or enjoying some indoor favorites in the afternoon, all with the sun shining bright. It’s the perfect place to take the kids for a long family spring break getaway that will keep your kids smiling for weeks to come. Bend has an abundance of kid-friendly activities. Some of our favorites include shopping at the Old Mill District, hitting the Snowblast Tubing Park at Mt. Bachelor, going on a unique dog sled ride with Oregon Trail of Dreams, experiencing some one-of-a-kind exhibits at the High Desert Museum, ice skating at The Pavilion, or jumping around for hours on end at the Trampoline Zone. Now go play!

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